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Bring the Oxford University Museum of Natural History into your classroom!

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History puts on regular exhibitions highlighting groundbreaking research and its importance to contemporary society.

Use these online exhibitions to take a virtual school trip to the museum. They’re all online with a host of accompanying videos and other resources.

Truth to Nature
Truth to Nature celebrated the Museum’s 160 Year Anniversary. View our online exhibition and the read our reflections on the Museum’s past and future.

2020: the Sphere that Changed the World and The Spike
Two powerful and beautiful artworks created by Angela Palmer as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the world.

First Animals
The story of how animal life first evolved in the oceans over half a billion years ago.

Bacterial World
The hidden story of the smallest of lifeforms and their influence on the past, present and future of our planet.

From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, their Settlers tells the dynamic story of Britain’s ever-changing population revealed by genetics, archaeology, and demography.

Brain Diaries
Throughout your life, your brain undergoes extraordinary changes and makes you the person you are. The Brain Diaries exhibition and event programme revealed how the latest neuroscience is transforming what we know about our brains, from birth to the end of life.

A groundbreaking photographic exhibition of science and art, Microsculpture presented insect specimens from the museum’s collections like never before. The beautifully-lit, high magnification portraiture of photographer Levon Biss captures the microscopic form of these animals in striking high-resolution detail.

Kurt Jackson
Kurt Jackson’s art is a celebration of the natural world. This exhibition brought together paintings, sculpture and Museum collections to explore the diverse and beautiful world of bees.

Light Touch
Light Touch is an exhibition of exquisite photographs of butterflies and moths from the Museum’s collection by Katherine Child. It is no longer on display in the Museum but we hope you enjoy browsing the images.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4

Ages: 7-11, 11-14, 14-16

Subjects: Biology, Science

Topics: Animals, Evolution, Biodiversity

Type: Online Exhibition

Use: In the Classroom, Before a School Trip, After a School Trip

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About Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History holds an internationally significant collection of natural history specimens and archives in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. It is home to a lively programme of research, teaching and events focused on the sciences of the natural environment.

The Museum offers a range of learning experiences for different audiences through structured taught sessions and tailored self-led activities. From early years children learning about dinosaurs to KS5 students carrying out their own research, the education team and collections staff can support your engagement with their collection.

Popular themes for resources include rocks, fossils, evolution and biodiversity. To see our full learning programme click the link below.

Many of their taught sessions are available as digital sessions. To find out more about their digital offer and talk about how these might be used in your teaching, please contact education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

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